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DASH support for CIHR Fall Project Grant applications

Are you a health researcher submitting an application for CIHR's Fall Project Grant? HDRN Canada's Data Access Support Hub (DASH) can help with feasibility confirmation, cost estimates and Letters of Support. Submit your DASH intake form for Fall Grant support by AUGUST 31

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Call for inquiry into Canada's COVID-19 response

In a recent article in The BMJ, public health experts, including HDRN Canada Scientific Director Dr. Kim McGrail, call for a public inquiry into Canada's COVID-19 response, in particular the impacts of Canada's inadequate collection and sharing of health data.

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Big IDEAs about Health Data: Race & ethnicity in data

HDRN Canada's Big IDEAs About Health Data Speaker Series launches on SEPTEMBER 28 with Tatiana Kim, manager of Anti-Racism Data Projects for BC Stats, discussing the government's new Guide on Categorial Race & Ethnicity Variables. Register here

Upcoming Events

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End-to-End Modeling and Machine Learning in SAS Viya for Learners | AUGUST 23 | 2:00 PM ET

This online workshop, presented by SAS in partnership with the University of Waterloo, will walk participants through the stages of the analytics life cycle using the SAS Viya interface. 


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First Nations principles of OCAP® | SEPTEMBER 27 | 1:00 PM ET

Presented by the First Nations Information Governance Centre, this webinar provides an introduction to OCAP® as a tool to support strong information governance on the path to First Nations data sovereignty.


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2023 NorthWest SPOR Collaborative Forum | OCTOBER 3-4

Save the date for the 2023 NorthWest SPOR Collaborative Forum on Patient-Oriented Research, hosted by the Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit. This hybrid event will take place on October 3 in person and October 4 online.


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Putting Patients First 2023 | OCTOBER 24 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM PT

Registration is now open for BC SUPPORT's annual Putting Patients First conference. Hear from leaders at the forefront of national research strategy, and thinkers deepening our learning around equity, diversity and inclusion.


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Save the date: YSPOR 2023 Health Summit | NOVEMBER 15-16

YSPOR has announced their 2023 Health Summit: Knowledge Sharing, taking place November 15-16. This hybrid event will have multiple options to attend in Whitehorse, Watson Lake and Dawson City, as well as online. Stay tuned for more details!


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Data Privacy and AI: What's the issue? | NOVEMBER 22 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM AT

Join Dr. Donna Curtis Maillet, HDRN Canada Privacy Lead, for a free Lunch & Learn that will provide an overview of the most harmful issues related to privacy and ethics arising from the use of AI in data research.


News from Across the Network

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New CIHI report on priority health care topics 

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) has released its inaugural report on priority health care topics. Taking the pulse: A snapshot of Canadian health care, 2023 is an overview of what publicly available data tells us about how Canada fares in four priority areas. 

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Food insecurity and mental health service use

A new ICES report explores household food insecurity using health administrative data linked to five waves of the Canadian Community Health Surveys. Findings suggest that efforts to support food security in families could reduce strain on the mental health system. 

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New Brunswick Pharmacist Care Clinic Program 

The New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training will play a key role in evaluating the success of a new pilot project that gives pharmacists increased authority to assess chronic conditions and prescribe treatments. 

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Impacts of COVID-19 on Yukon health care workers

A new study, co-authored by HDRN Canada Lead Dr. Michelle Leach, examines the impacts of COVID-19 on Yukon's health care workers. The study, which surveyed and interviewed nurses and physicians, found burnout rates were particularly high with women.

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An EDI-sensitive approach to grant applications

Unité de soutien SSA Québec has released a new guide that aims to help research teams adopt an approach that is sensitive to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) when applying for funding. The guide is based on a review of guidelines and best practices. 

In the Media

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Power in the Data

HDRN Canada Executive member Dr. Nathan Nickel was profiled in RadyUM. The piece outlines Dr. Nickel's groundbreaking work with the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and the innovative research they've been conducting using the Manitoba Population Research Data Repository.

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Data-sharing lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic

Dr. Kim McGrail, HDRN Canada Scientific Director, co-authored this editorial for The Globe and Mail about the data-sharing lessons that Canada can learn from the COVID-19 pandemic, including advocating for a shift from data protectionism to data stewardship.


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Indigenous Cultural Competency Training Coordinator

Are you passionate about Indigenous cultural competency in health research? HDRN Canada is hiring an Indigenous Cultural Competency Training Coordinator to support our Pragmatic Trials Training Program. Apply by AUGUST 22 (Job ID: 31792).

In Case You Missed It!

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Data to improve organ donation and transplantation access, care & outcomes

Learn about a project to develop a modernized pan-Canadian organ donation and transplantation data and performance reporting system, co-led by the Canadian Institute for Health Information, on this episode of Digital Health InfoCast.


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HDRN Canada's Data Access Support Hub (DASH) Webinar

Watch HDRN Canada's latest webinar to learn how DASH can help researchers navigate the data access process. Discover the centralized services and tools available for researchers conducting research projects in more than one region.